Gardens not only reflect and enlarge the minds of their creators, but they can also contribute to the community and the broader environment.
I planned the backyard first. The space was to include a maximum of trees, shrubs and perennials and a minimum of lawn. A pond was essential, as well as more compost bins, rain reservoirs and an area for growing vegetables.
Early Spring in the garden.
The last of the snow has melted and the soil is reasonably dry, so I did some work in the front garden yesterday. Always, the first thing to do is pick up litter, which isn't overwhelming today, because the winds have been trending south-easterly, rather than the north-westers and westerly winds that bring in the... Continue Reading →
Why don’t Canadians cycle in winter?
Because it's bloody freezing cold, that's why... There are hardier folk than me who cycle all year round, but they are taking risks. While Edmonton has made some improvements over the years, there is still a lack of practical, continuous cycle paths that are maintained throughout the winter. Riding on our roads is hazardous even... Continue Reading →
The Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 Gravel Bike, personalized.
About a year and a half ago I purchased a Trek Checkpoint ALR 5 gravel bike. After some research into the different brands that were available here in Edmonton, I thought the Checkpoint was the best compromise between features and cost. Trek had an excellent reputation for the quality of their aluminium frames, and I... Continue Reading →
Rain's coming. I'm back from a morning cycle trip, taken before the forecast rain began. I've just been pondering the difference cycling has made in my life. At 58 years old, I can honestly say that I have probably never been fitter in the last 30 years. I have just cycled 32 km in... Continue Reading →